Ai Cheng Foo-Nielsen
Manager, Maritime Information
- (+45) 4436 6856
BIMCO’s Ice Information for the northern hemisphere is now live for this season. Reports will be published weekly, or twice weekly if ice conditions become harsher.
In addition to checking the background information and the actual reports covering the area in question, BIMCO also strongly recommend you to consider the contractual terms in detail.
Many, but certainly not all, standard charter parties contain ice clauses, but some are better than others and contract negotiators should always pay attention to this.
Not having a suitable ice clause can be a very costly decision if the vessel encounters ice during the charter. Without the protection that an ice clause offers, a vessel may be forced to proceed towards the contractual destination and the owners will be liable for any delays and damage to the vessel caused by the ice.
You can also contact BIMCO Support and Advice on email@example.com.
And in collaboration with Witherbys, we have published an Ice Navigation and Seamanship handbook. BIMCO members can purchase it at a discount.